<![CDATA[followthescience.nl - Interviews]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2023 13:52:16 +0200Weebly<![CDATA[the FTS Newsletter and other new and upcoming initiatives]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2023 17:17:27 GMThttp://followthescience.nl/interviews/the-fts-newsletter-and-other-new-and-upcoming-initiativesRecorded September 2023 Michaéla and Rico discuss new censoring laws in Europe, the start of the Follow the Science newsletter and the recent (and future) interviews coming up. Subscribe to the brand new Follow the Science newsletter here:

on Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/video/ViUhpvm8tgD8/ 

<![CDATA[Free webinar: How can your company perform better: life crafting as an evidence-based tool (EUR)]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2023 17:15:47 GMThttp://followthescience.nl/interviews/free-webinar-how-can-your-company-perform-better-life-crafting-as-an-evidence-based-tool-eurProf. Schippers discusses how to increase your own, your co-workers' and the company's performance. this Free webinar: was broadcast on Erasmus University Rotterdam July 15 2022.

Prof. Michaéla Schippers will talk about how to master the skill of life crafting: “a process in which people actively reflect on their present and future life, set goals for important areas of life—social, career, and leisure time—and, if required, make concrete plans and undertake actions to change these areas in a way that is more congruent with their values and wishes.” As a professor of behaviour and performance management, she has made it her life goal to let other people shine and prosper. Prof. Schippers developed a tool that can help you and your co-workers craft an ideal life by thinking about what this ideal life could look like, and contrast this with thinking what life would look like if you follow the current chosen path. 
<![CDATA[University of Amsterdam Whistleblower: Laurens Buijs]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2023 09:37:10 GMThttp://followthescience.nl/interviews/university-of-amsterdam-whistleblower-laurens-buijs"What we are dealing here with is is a very serious problem. It is radicalization and extremism institutionalizing in our academic institutions that are paid by the taxpayer, that are meant for general education and research 
that are now being hijacked by radicalized groups".   

In this follow up interview with social scientist at the University of Amsterdam, Laurens Buijs, we talk about what has happened to him after blowing the whistle, late 2022.

He's been cancelled, threatened, and defamed now also in Dutch state media. Buijs: " it's completely unacceptable we have to speak out as openly as we can about what is happening. That the university is complicit that the administration is complicit, that staff who is not speaking out is complicit. It is such a  grave problem that the only thing that I can do as a whistleblower is bring it into the light". 
This Follow the Science interview by Rico Brouwer was recorded late March 2023 where Laurens and Rico were paying a visit to Michaéla to see how she was doing.
<![CDATA[Forbidden Event on Free Speech in Dutch Higher Education - Laurens Buijs]]>Tue, 14 Mar 2023 12:01:02 GMThttp://followthescience.nl/interviews/forbidden-event-on-free-speech-in-dutch-higher-education-laurens-buijs
video report on Bitchute
On 3/3/23, the Great Citizens Institute co-organized a “forbidden” event in Amsterdam about free speech and free thought in higher education. In general, there has been grave concerns about the erosion of these freedoms in the last three years (e.g., https://potkaars.nl/blog/2022/10/14/michala-schippers-over-academische-vrijheid-en-societal-decline-waarschijnlijk-waargebeurd )
The filmed event arose from the consternation around Laurens Buijs, a gender studies scholar at the University of Amsterdam who got into a full confrontation with students and staff after critiquing the non-binary gender movement. He decided to use the whistleblower legislation of the university to formally object to the rise of woke and cancel culture at his university. Despite this, he is currently in a situation where he is fighting for his position.

​The free speech event was meant to show that his case does not stand by itself, but that we are confronting a fundamental challenge in higher education. Over 40 students, teachers, concerned citizens and others involved in higher education visited the event to discuss how the rising totalitarian zeitgeist is threatening freedom of speech and thought in colleges and universities. The event was supposed to take place at the UvA, but the central board decided to prohibit the meeting less than 24 hours in advance. Luckily, a community of free thinkers opened their space for us so that this unique “forbidden event” could take place.
on bitchute https://www.bitchute.com/video/DfgSbemN9rvj/
on rumble 
On March 10th Rico Brouwer and Laurens Buijs look back on the event and discuss the issues that were raised by some of the speakers.
<![CDATA[Scientists are getting butchered by the decisions taken here in this house - Wybren van Haga MP BVNL]]>Thu, 16 Feb 2023 18:45:11 GMThttp://followthescience.nl/interviews/scientists-are-getting-butchered-by-the-decisions-taken-here-in-this-house-wybren-van-haga-mp-bvnlWybren van Haga is leader of the liberal conservative Dutch opposition party BVNL [red. ‘the interest of the Netherlands’]. He was the first Dutch MP to refer to Michaéla’s work in the Corona crisis, when he cited her 2020 paper ‘For the Greater Good? The Devastating Ripple Effects of the Covid-19 Crisis’. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.577740/full
Rico Brouwer of follow the science interviewed van Haga February 15th 2023 about the new paper; "Is Society caught up in a Death Spiral? Modelling Societal Demise and its Reversal" (with John P. A. Ioannidis and Matthias Luijks), in which prof. Schippers makes the argument that inadequate decision making is what keeps society on a downward trajectory. What role does science play in political decision making?
on bitchute: 
mentioned in this interview:
Wybren van Haga has his office in the building of Dutch parliament. In it is a guitar. Before the interview started, here's what happened (maybe van Haga will share the clip?) Follow him on https://twitter.com/WybrenvanHaga 
<![CDATA[Is Society caught up in a Death Spiral? Modelling Societal Demise and its Reversal]]>Tue, 14 Feb 2023 10:12:09 GMThttp://followthescience.nl/interviews/is-society-caught-up-in-a-death-spiral-modelling-societal-demise-and-its-reversalIndividuals, groups and even whole societies sometimes enter a death spiral. A vicious cycle of self-reinforcing dysfunctional behavior that can even lead to societal collapse if the course of suboptimal action and decision making is not corrected.

In this conversation recorded earlier, Michaéla Schippers and Rico Brouwer discuss the new academic paper "Is Society caught up in a Death Spiral? Modelling Societal Demise and its Reversal" (Michaéla Schippers, John P. A. Ioannidis, Matthias Luijks), that is currently under review and available as preprint
at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4352765 

subscribe and watch this interview on Rumble and on Bitchute

Schippers: "While the period before the Covid-19 crisis seems to be characterized by policy underreaction to complex social problems, the current times seem to be characterized by overreaction to a small set of problems. In this theory-building review we coin the term Death Spiral Effect to describe this type of overreaction and the resulting cascading effects in (health) policies. Our review, synthesizing research from multiple fields indicates several evidence-based solutions to reverse the decline, such as turn-around leadership and the strengthening of democracy. Ideally, public health agencies, governments, companies, all relevant stakeholders as well as individuals should collaborate toward the goals of a healthier and happier future for all.

referenced letters to the future: 

​referenced previous talk about the Death Spiral effect: 

<![CDATA[Woke culture threatens academic freedom - Laurens Buijs]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2023 10:13:22 GMThttp://followthescience.nl/interviews/woke-culture-threatens-academic-freedom-laurens-buijsThreats, attacks, possible dismissal and cancelling happened when Laurens Buijs, social scientist and professor at the University of Amsterdam spoke out about his field of expertise and made a report of the cancel culture at the UvA. Buijs talks to Rico Brouwer of Follow the Science about how diversity policies have turned into a threat to Academic Freedom to the point where he's now called on Whistle-blower protection. In this 50 minute interview Laurens explains what is woke culture and the concept of non binary and talks about what happened to him after he published an opinion piece about it last week. 


<![CDATA[MichaĆ©la Schippers - Societal Decline (Dutch spoken)]]>Sun, 16 Oct 2022 15:01:48 GMThttp://followthescience.nl/interviews/michaela-schippers-societal-decline-dutch-spokenMichaéla was te gast in de Waarschijnlijk Waargebeurd show van 15 oktober 2022, om vanuit haar expertise te vertellen over societal decline. Waarschijnlijk Waargebeurd zijn maandeljkse voor publiek opgenomen voorstellingen waarin dialoog, theater en muziek elkaar afwisselen. Onderdeel van het programma is een interview met Rico Brouwer. De bijdrage van Michaéla in interview hebben we hier met toestemming overgenomen
bron: https://waarschijnlijkwaargebeurd.nl/afleveringen/show-5-michaela-schippers-academische-vrijheid

<![CDATA[Jordan B. Peterson and MichaƩla Schippers - Death Spiral; we're in an epidemic of narcissism and bad decision making]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2022 13:28:23 GMThttp://followthescience.nl/interviews/jordan-b-peterson-and-michaela-schippers-death-spiral-were-in-an-epidemic-of-narcissism-and-bad-decision-makingJust like an army of ants in the animal kingdom, individuals, groups and even whole societies are sometimes caught up in a death spiral. A vicious cycle of self-reinforcing dysfunctional behavior. According to prof. Schippers, a death spiral is characterized by continuous flawed decision making where one bad decision leads to another, which can even lead to the collapse of an individual, group or society.

This conversation with Prof. Jordan B. Peterson was recorded backstage at RAI Amsterdam sept 25th 2022, just before his Beyond Order show. Prof. Peterson says that an important problem is wilful blindness, people keep themselves intentionally unaware of facts, i.e. they turn a blind eye. Another problem he points out is an epidemic of narcissism, or self-love.

As a solution he thinks people should become more involved in society. In order for people to find out what they can contribute to society, participating in self-authoring 
https://www.selfauthoring.com/future-authoring and Letters to the future https://www.greatcitizensmovement.org/how-to is a good start.
Also, reading and signing the Great Citizens Declaration https://www.greatcitizensmovement.org/signing-the-declaration/ might be a good first step on escaping the ant mill and creating a brighter future for ourselves and the world. 

Beyond Order, Jordan B. Peterson https://www.jordanbpeterson.com/beyond-order/

<![CDATA[In debat met Mattias Desmet: Massavorming en groepsdenken in de Corona crisis; wat kun je zelf doen?]]>Mon, 11 Jul 2022 15:03:45 GMThttp://followthescience.nl/interviews/groepsdenken-en-de-rol-van-psychologie-tijdens-de-corona-crisis-wat-kun-je-zelf-doenThis entry in English would be titled "groupthink and the role of psychology during the Corona crisis: what can you do yourself?" It features an interview bij prof. dr. Michaéla Schippers with prof. dr. Mattias Desmet. They talk during a debate night held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on July 9th 2022. The event is in Dutch, subsequently, so is this interview.
Tijdens de Nacht van de Nieuwe Wereld in Rotterdam op 9 juli 2022 een tweegesprek tussen hoogleraren Michaéla Schippers en Mattias Desmet over massavorming en hoe die te doorbreken; de rol van kleinschaligheid, dankbaarheid en positieve psychologie.

Wat kun je zelf doen (zoals besproken in de video):